Gammell review to be sent to clubs for consideration in early December

Scottish Rugby Board and Council have endorsed in principle the report into Scottish Rugby management and governance structures

Sir Bill Gammell and Norman Murray have been reviewing the management and governance structures of Scottish Rugby since June. Image: © Craig Watson -
Sir Bill Gammell and Norman Murray have been reviewing the management and governance structures of Scottish Rugby since June. Image: © Craig Watson -

THE SCOTTISH RUGBY COUNCIL AND BOARD have endorsed in principle Sir Bill Gammell and Norman Murray’s Independent Corporate Governance and Business Review.

Both bodies met today [Friday] to discuss the report which was first commissioned back in June, and agreed that the full review and supporting documentation will be sent to all member clubs in the first week of December 2019 for their detailed consideration, with arrangements to be made for clubs to have an opportunity to ask questions of Gammell and Murray.

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An update issued to clubs this afternoon stated –

Following the conclusion of the Agenda 3 consultation process, Sir Bill Gammell, Chairman of Winning Scotland Foundation (founder of Cairn Energy PLC and a former Scotland internationalist) has been commissioned by the Board and Council to conduct a wide ranging, independent review of Scottish Rugby’s governance structures.

The decision to conduct a governance review was originally endorsed by the Board and Council in September last year, driven by the need to ensure that Scottish Rugby’s governance structures remained appropriate in a modern rugby environment.

In light of the rapidly evolving global rugby landscape (and with the potential for future external investment into the sport), Scottish Rugby’s governance structures must be fit for purpose to take account of the interests of all existing and future stakeholders.

Looking forward, the Board and Council have re-considered both the original process and timeframes for the review, which will now include governance, structures, roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, and will report back to the Council’s Standing Committee on Governance (independently chaired by Gavin MacColl QC) over the coming months.

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David Barnes
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